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He can run, but can he hide?

By johnboy - 3 September 2010 97

[First filed: Sep 2, 2010 @ 9:42]

Still in frame

If there’s one thing the above photo tells us, it’s that you don’t need to do much more than 204km/h to get out of the frame of speed cameras.

Here’s the story from the AFP:

ACT Policing is appealing for witnesses to a motorcycle travelling at high speed on the Tuggeranong Parkway yesterday (Wednesday, 1 September).

At approximately 1.38pm, police commenced a pursuit of a motorcycle from the Tuggeranong Parkway Stromlo, which terminated 1 minute later due to speed and loss of visual contact. Speeds from the motorcycle reached in excess of 204Km/h.

The motorcyclist failed to stop initially for excessive speed through the 40km/h and 60Km/h roadwork’s zone at the Glenloch Interchange.

Superintendent of Traffic, Mark Colbran said this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.

“This is extremely reckless driving that could seriously endanger the life of the rider, other road users and those working at the roadworks.

“In the event of a collision, the speed at which the motorcycle was travelling would result in almost certain death of the rider and anyone else involved. With our road toll already at 17 this year, this is something we are trying to avoid at all costs,” he said.

The motorcycle is described as a predominantly black road bike, with possible red stripes. The bike appears to be a MV Augusta 1000cc make and model. Police believe the rider is male, of large build and was wearing a black, possibly ARAI branded motorcycle helmet.

Police are appealing for any witnesses who may have seen the motorcycle or who know the identity of the rider to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via www.act.crimestoppers.com.au.

Any thoughts on the bike model and helmet rioters?

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He can run, but can he hide?
amarooresident3 12:14 pm 02 Sep 10

Reprobate said :

So in summary:

The rider apparently survived travelling along the Parkway at twice the legal limit without crashing or his blood turning to sewage.
The speed camera could not positively identify a bike or it’s rider breaking the law – fail.
The speed camera could not prevent the rider from speeding – fail.
The speed camera did not deter the rider from speeding – fail.

I don’t condone the rider’s behaviour (and if I was travelling along at 100km/h I’d probably have been pretty shocked/distracted by someone overtaking at that velocity) but it does highlight that cameras are great for generating a voluntary taxation invoice for Joe Average tootling along just over the limit, whereas they are totally ineffective against those who drive/ride at reckless speeds.

He was running from the cops who were attempting to pull him over. I doubt the camera even occurred to him. At least the camera gives the cops the opportunity to identify the guy.

On your logic the cops must have failed as well.

Reprobate 11:55 am 02 Sep 10

So in summary:

The rider apparently survived travelling along the Parkway at twice the legal limit without crashing or his blood turning to sewage.
The speed camera could not positively identify a bike or it’s rider breaking the law – fail.
The speed camera could not prevent the rider from speeding – fail.
The speed camera did not deter the rider from speeding – fail.

I don’t condone the rider’s behaviour (and if I was travelling along at 100km/h I’d probably have been pretty shocked/distracted by someone overtaking at that velocity) but it does highlight that cameras are great for generating a voluntary taxation invoice for Joe Average tootling along just over the limit, whereas they are totally ineffective against those who drive/ride at reckless speeds.

Gungahlin Al 11:40 am 02 Sep 10

Arai helmet – just like mine actually!

KB1971 11:37 am 02 Sep 10

braddonboy said :

Dunno that doing 200kmh+ in a straight line along the Parkway indicates the guy can ride. What it does indicate tho’ is that he’s a bloody idot. Pity he didn’t blow a tyre, really.

Yup, anyone can go fast in a straight line…….

Lardman, the Parkway is not that busy in the middle of the day, what he did could be easily done.

p1 11:33 am 02 Sep 10

braddonboy said :

Dunno that doing 200kmh+ in a straight line along the Parkway indicates the guy can ride.

Yup, I can do 200km/h in a straight line, and I’m pretty unco.

Does anyone know if the rules re: breaking off dangerous chases are the same for motorcycles as cars? And for cop bikes vrs cop cars?

I mean, really speed is only part of the equation when thinking about danger. Speed affects distance travelled while you are reacting to something, but when actually thinking about a crash, the energy in the vehicle would be more relevant, and that is going to depend on the weight of the vehicle….

braddonboy 11:09 am 02 Sep 10

Dunno that doing 200kmh+ in a straight line along the Parkway indicates the guy can ride. What it does indicate tho’ is that he’s a bloody idot. Pity he didn’t blow a tyre, really.

Lardman 10:50 am 02 Sep 10

Unless the coppers chasing had a witness to his rear number plate, that’s circumstantial evidence and I don’t think you’d be able to use it @RAGD

That said though, fair effort doing 200+ down a busy road in the middle of the day. He’d have a job in touring bikes if he wanted…

RAGD 10:35 am 02 Sep 10

Pretty good pic, considering he was alledgedly riding at 200+ km/h. If they know the make and model of the bike, surely there aren’t that many of the same bike registered in ACT, can’t they track them down that way? Or have I seen too much CSI?

bailes23 10:33 am 02 Sep 10

Black MV Augusta’s aren’t very common bikes. I imagine they will find him pretty easily by searching the ACT Rego database (assuming the bike has been registered)

2.0 10:30 am 02 Sep 10

What!! a motorcylist not doing the speed limit? No way……….

Rawhide Kid Part3 10:20 am 02 Sep 10

Another good reason to have a number plate on the front of the Bike. That’s is if indeed its registered.

p1 10:16 am 02 Sep 10

I’m assuming that the plates were fake? Or did he also run from the cops so fast that they couldn’t read them?

johnboy 10:11 am 02 Sep 10

And he also now has the world’s best Facebook profile pic.

merlin bodega 10:08 am 02 Sep 10

Don’t know if he ca hide but he sure can ride!

Very Busy 9:47 am 02 Sep 10

I hope they catch him. He needs a good slap on the wrist and they need to tell him he is a naughty boy.

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